Finding Disease Where it Hides

scientist standing beside confocal microscope

Medical researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute, the research enterprise of St. Joseph’s, are uncovering the origins of diseases like breast cancer, diabetes and dementia, testing new treatments, and developing ways to diagnose and intervene earlier. But the research labs at St. Joseph’s are often held back by the limitations of research funding. Vital community support helps fund new technology that will shape the future of health care – like the state-of-the-art confocal microscope. 

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You can’t investigate what you can’t see

Confocal microscopes have revolutionized how medical researchers observe and study normal and abnormal disease activity by making it possible to view living cells in vivid 3D detail, and in real time.

The confocal microscope offers medical researchers:

  • High-resolution: crisp, high-quality imaging of very small structures inside cells and tissues
  • High-speed: images can be acquired in microseconds (1/1,000,000th of a second)
  • Enables imaging of living cells in 3D

Seeing disease in a new light

Having the ability to study disease at the molecular level will allow our researchers to develop and test new drug treatments, methods for early diagnosis, and potential cures for life-altering diseases like Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Breast and other cancers. 

It will also support Plastic / Reconstructive, Orthopedic and Urological surgery research.

New technology like the state-of-the-art confocal microscope will shape the future of health care in our community. But it can only happen with your support.

You can help us invest in this game-changing equipment that otherwise would not be possible. Your generosity will help us bridge the gap from good to great, so St. Joseph’s can continue to find disease where it hides and help patients get better, sooner.

Funding Need: $517,566

“This piece of equipment has a broad application to many different fields of research. If anybody wants to study disease at the molecular level, St. Joseph’s is where they’ll come to do it.”

Dr. Savita Dhanvantari
Researcher, Lawson Health Research Institute

  • Your Donation Matters Here

    With your support, St. Joseph’s and Lawson will become the first facility in Canada with the confocal microscope, allowing researchers to see disease in 3D and opening the door to new treatments for diabetes, cancer, dementia, and more. 

    Dr. David Hill